Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey lines up against two fellow American stars tonight insisting the game on the other side of the Atlantic is not just a pension pot for former Premier League stars like David Beckham and Thierry Henry.
Dempsey spoke out ahead of tonight's FA Cup clash between Fulham and Everton which will be a showcase for American talent as the Texan sharpshooter, with 15 goals this season, duels with Landon Donovan and Tim Howard.
Hard on the heels of Arsenal's defeat to Manchester United becoming the first Premier League match shown live on free-to-air TV in the US, Fox Soccer has made special arrangements to beam back tonight's action from Goodison.
Dempsey, last week voted US Soccer Male Player of the Year for the second time even though he plies his trade in England, said: "Back home, people are starting to take a lot more notice of what we're doing over here and that's because of the coverage.
"When I was doing well before, a lot of it wasn't being talked about. Now it is and it feels good to be recognised."
The 28-year-old, who at £2.5million became the most expensive US export when he was signed by Fulham from the New England Revolution in 2007, this season overtook former team-mate Brian McBride as the highest scoring American in the Premier League.
And Dempsey made another mark last Saturday when he became the first American to score a Premier League hat-trick in Fulham's 5-2 thrashing of Newcastle.
English clubs are regularly scouting Major League Soccer for talent, with Fulham boss Martin Jol confirming: "There are a few individuals in that competition who could play here. I always want a second Dempsey."
Dempsey points out that the decision of 31-year-old Robbie Keane to join Beckham at LA Galaxy proves that significant talent is travelling in both directions.
"The MLS is getting better, it is a league that is moving forward," he said. "It is attracting players who are playing there earlier in their careers and that shows the league is strengthening.
"It also shows it has the ability financially to make it happen. It's the league that gave me my chance. Without the MLS I would never have made the national team, played in a World Cup, or been seen by clubs in Europe."
MLS graduates Dempsey, Donovan, Everton keepers Howard and Marcus Hahnemann, Spurs' Brad Friedel, Eric Lichaj at Aston Villa and former Fulham captain Carlos Bocanegra, now at Rangers, have been joined by Tim Ream at Bolton and triallists Bill Hamid (West Brom), Sean Johnson (Everton) and loan signing George John (West Ham). McBride said: "That is a trend that will continue as long as people over there perform well."
As for Dempsey, McBride has heard the player express a wish to play Champions League football and that Liverpool and Spurs are reportedly interested in satisfying that desire.
McBride said: "I don't want to see him leave. What I would like to see is Fulham in the Champions League, then everybody would be happy."
Realistically, Champions League football is unlikely to be played at the Cottage any time soon. But success in the FA Cup is not beyond Jol's side, even if they will have to cope tonight without Mousa Dembele (hip) and Orlando Sa (hamstring).